Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
While in exile, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, are chosen to serve in the palace. They are set apart from the beginning by their choice to honor God. He blesses them in all of their efforts and sets them apart even in their aptitude. In the next chapter, the wise men’s lives are endangered by Nebuchadnezzar’s decree that all wise men should die for their inability to both tell him his dream as well as interpret it. Daniel and his friends petition God through prayer, and God reveals both the dream and the interpretation, telling of a kingdom to come that will supercede all others kingdoms and last eternally. In chapter 3, we return to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who refuse to bow down to an image of gold made by king Nebuchadnezzar. In retaliation, the king throws them into the furnace. They miraculously survive with the help of a mysterious visitor. Nebuchadnezzar recognizes the power of God and decrees that all people honor this God or die.
What is one key verse?
“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him. I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king.””
How does what you read change your vision of God?
This passage reminds me that all wisdom, understanding and power comes from God.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
It’s amazing that it is by God’s power and will that we succeed and have understanding. It makes me really grateful to be in his hands and not dependent on my own capabilities.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
I am going to God to Budapest on a mission team. I am so grateful that it is by His power and plan that the world turns!
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
The kingdom that never ends is the kingdom that Jesus brought to earth!!!!